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UW to Observe Earth Day Wednesday

April 17, 2015
man standing by trailer loaded with solar powered equipment
UW Extension’s solar-powered trailer will be used to provide the music at the UW Earth Day Fair Wednesday, April 22, on Simpson Plaza.

Activities ranging from glass recycling to a clothing drive and a sustainability fair are scheduled to celebrate Earth Day Wednesday, April 22, at the University of Wyoming.

Several UW student clubs and organizations have organized events to focus on environmental protection and bring awareness to ways to take care of natural resources for future generations. The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970, and, in 1990, the event expanded to a global celebration with more than 140 countries participating.

All Earth Day events at UW are free and open to the public. The schedule:

Clothing drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wyoming Union Room 203 -- Clothing donated by the community will be sorted and later distributed to appropriate agencies.

Earth Day Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Simpson Plaza -- Numerous organizations will offer information and guidance on sustainability. Among the highlights are a new Tiny-Tool-House used by the Wyoming Conservation Corps, and a solar-powered trailer used by UW Extension.

Campus cleanup, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Volunteers will meet at Simpson Plaza and spread out to pick up trash and generally clean up the UW campus.

Glass recycling collection, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Simpson Plaza -- Bring your glass containers to be recycled by the Associated Students of UW and the Wyoming Conservation Corps.

Native biodiversity restoration, 1-4 p.m., College of Agriculture courtyards -- Volunteers will remove weed species in the courtyards and begin preparing soil for seeding of native species.

Screening of the film “Switched,” 7 p.m., Room 111 of the Visual Arts Building -- Following the film, Phil Cameron and Erin Leon, from Energy Conservation Works, will host an informal discussion about how the film applies to Wyoming communities.

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